The Stuart Hall Project Stuart Hall was arguably the most important and influential intellectual in late twentieth century Britain. A migrant from Jamaica he arrived in Britain as a Rhodes Scholar and became an important voice in the New Left. His work was diffuse - ranging from analyses of popular culture, racial formation, and neoliberalism - but was always shaped by the politics of his present. This class will not be an intellectual history of his various theoretical engagements. Instead we will use Hall as an object to consider the history of late imperialism in Jamaica and the myriad transformations of late Britain that his work was situated in and sought to comprehend. It is then less a history of a life than a history of the times, that is the processes and movements that made a life.
Students are expected to produce something that will be useful to them in preparing for orals, furthering their research interests, or honing their critical skills. What that is will be decided in conversation with me.
29 AugustIntroductions 5 SeptemberLabour Day
Stuart Hall, ‘When was ‘the post-colonial’? Thinking at the limit’ in I.Chambers and L.Curti (eds.), The Postcolonial Question (1996).
+Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic(1995), ch.1
+Barnor Hesse, “Diasporicity: Black Britain’s Post-Colonial Formations” in his (ed.), Un/Settled Multiculturalisms (2000)
Bill Schwarz, “Crossing the Seas” and Catherine Hall, “What is a West Indian?” in Bill Schwarz (ed.), West Indian Intellectuals in Britain (2003)
19 September Late Colonial
+Bridget Brereton and Kevin Yelvington (eds.), The Colonial Caribbean in Transition (1999), intro
+Fraser, Cary. “The Twilight of Colonial Rule in the British West Indies: Nationalist Assertion vs. Imperial Hubris in the 1930s.” Journal of Caribbean History 30 (1996): 1-27.
+Amy Spry Rush, Bonds of Empire: West Indians and Britishness from Victoria to Decolonization (2011), intro, chs.4-7.
Marc Matera, Black London: The Imperial Metropolis and Decolonization in the Twentieth Century (2015), intro, chs.1,2,3, 6 & 7.
+C.L.R.James, Beyond the Boundary (1963), 30-71.
26 September When/What was the Post-Colonial?
Spencer Mawby, Ordering Independence: The End of Empire in the Anglophone Caribbean, 1947-1969 (2013).
h-Diplo Rountable, X, 21 (2009) on Jason Parker, Brother’s Keeper: The United States, Race, and Empire in the British Caribbean, 1937-1962 (2008).
+Joshua B. Guild, ‘“Nobody in This World Is Better Than Us”: Calypso in the Age of Decolonization and Civil Rights’ in Robin D.G.Kelley and Stephen Tuck (eds.), The Other Special Relationship: Race, Rights and Riots in Britain and the United States (2016).
+Vanessa Ogle, “Archipelago Capitalism: Tax Havens, Money Markets, and the Other International Political Economy, 1920s-1980s” unpublished mss.
3 October After Empire?
+Jordanna Bailkin, After Empire (2012), intro, 1, 2 & 5.
+Kennetta Hammond Perry, London is the Place for Me: Black Britons, Citizenship, and the Politics of Race (2016), chs.4-6